A cross section of Ghanaians, have reacted angrily to the proposed taxes in 2022 budget as presented by Hon.Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance on behalf of the President ,Nana Addo Dankwa-Akufo-Addo.
They have therefore vowed to show the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) red card or vote them out for been insensitive to their current predicament with additional killer taxes especially the 1.75 E-levy. Many Ghanaians, particularly users of Mobile Money have threatened to pull out from the mobile money system .Moreover, traders and hawkers who ply their trade at the various Toll booth areas across the country, have also vowed either to boycott the forthcoming general elections or vote out NPP government because Nana Akufo-Addo/Bawumia led government have disappointed them.
They told the media that their investments have now been locked up with unannounced closure of tollbooths. A number of the traders/hawkers said they have taken loans to buy goods for selling at the various toll booths which some of them have been selling for years now for their livelihood.
They are therefore calling on the government to reverse the proposed decision so as to save their businesses or give them time to find relocation space for their trade.
The affected traders across the country expressed worry that no notice was given to them before the decision by the Ministry of Roads and Transport to close down all Tooth booths across the country a day after the budget presentation in Parliament. For instance, Hawkers at the Moree Junction on the Accra-Cape Coast highway last Thursday clad in red bands in protest of the closure of tollbooths across the country by the road ministry.
Speaking to Tv 3, the hawkers expressed massive grievances over the government’s decision to bring the collection of road and bridge tolls to cessation.They say the new Initiative has negatively affected their businesses rendering them financially broke.
They call on the government to relook into the newly made decision else it will not only affect the education of their children but also their livelihoods The Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, has scrapped the collection of tolls on public roads and bridges nationwide.In a press statement issued on Wednesday, the Road Ministry said the initiative will kick start at exactly midnight on Thursday.Police personnel will now occupy tollbooths nationwide to ensure the directive is enforced and to also offer security.
“Motorists are kindly advised to approach the locations with caution and observe all safety measures that will be put in place,” part of the release said.It would be recalled that, reading the 2022 budget on Wednesday, November 17, the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah said to compensate for the abolishment of road tolls, the government is looking to introduce innovative ways of raising revenue such as the proposed 1.75% phone transactions levy payable by mobile money users per transaction above GHC100.
He said this will help the government to shore up revenue inflows to fund road projects in the country.
“Total value of transactions for 2020 was estimated to be over GHS 500 billion Cedis compared to GH¢78 billion Cedis in 2016 just 5 years ago, while total mobile money subscribers and active mobile money users have grown by an average rate of 18% and 16% respectively between 2016 and 2019. Mr. Speaker, it is becoming clear there exists the enormous potential to increase tax revenues by bringing into the tax bracket, transactions that could be best defined as being undertaken in the “shadow economy”.
“After considerable deliberations, the Government has decided to place a levy on all electronic transactions to widen the tax net and rope in the informal sector. This shall be known as the “Electronic Transaction Levy or E-Levy.”source:TNTNEWSPAPER.COM
A section of traders during the Moree Prez.Nana Akufo-Addo